From the Yayasan Lim Yee Hoh Collection (Lots 2910-2919)
Lim Yee Hoh was born in Malaysia into a Hokkien family in 1924. His grandfather migrated to Malaysia from Fujian Province in the late 1800's and started a business in rubber plantations, trading and processing began as the Yee Seng Group. Lim Yee Hoh was active in the various Chinese and Hokkien clan associations in Malaysia. He passed away in 2005.
Apart from being a well-established business personality in Malaysia, the late Lim Yee Hoh was also a fond lover of art, music, and local culture. He provided strong support to the local music scene and was a generous patron and a cellist of the Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra. He took great pains to support artists of South East Asia by buying their early works. He also paid significant attention to the works of modern-day Chinese paintings. By the time of his passing, he had amassed a significant collection of works ranging from high profile master painters like Zhang Daqian and Fu Baoshi to lesser known painters.
To continue his patronage, he set up a company limited by guarantee as the Lim Yee Hoh Foundation dedicated to undertaking the charitable promotion and advancement of art, music, and cultural activities, thus contributing to the advancement of the field of art and culture in Malaysia. Through it, he would ensure his lifelong passion of supporting upcoming artists way into the future.
The collection you are to view this year is an exquisite set assembled together for the first time since his passing. As a regulated Foundation, the Trustees are embarking on a journey of establishing the next phase of living his legacy by starting the groundwork of a self-sustainable future for the Foundation through support of the causes for which the Foundation was established.